A Healthier and Happier 2020

It’s that time again. The new year is right around the bend, and we’re all hurriedly putting together some resolutions to become better people. After all, “New Year, New Me” right? 

It’s such a struggle to stick to those resolutions though. Even till Chinese New Year. We know, we’ve been there.  As hard as it is to make a permanent change for the better, have no fear! We’ve got three easy tips for setting solid resolutions for 2020 and following through on them.

 

Dream B.I.G., but be realistic

Everybody loves a big goal. “I’m going to lose 20kg! Run my first marathon! Save RM10,000!” As impressive as they can be, setting a big goal like that isn’t doing yourself any favours. In fact, big goals tend to lead to bigger disappointments when we miss them – or when we remember them three months later. Instead, set a smaller goal you know is attainable for you, especially since you’re not competing to have the best goal. You’re making the change for your own benefit.

 

For example, if you’re aiming to be more ethical with your food it’s going to be really hard to switch and stick to a full vegan diet for a whole year. On the other hand, committing to 4 – 8 vegetarian meals a week as a goal is still a challenge, but also much more achievable. Bonus points if you’re cooking those meals at home. Besides, if it turns out your goal was too easy, just move the goalposts and set a new one. Resolutions are flexible!

 

 

B.I.G. change starts small

Slow and steady wins the race – and keeps New Year resolutions. Diving into 2020 with sweeping life changes will feel great for the first week, but taking big steps too fast is stressful and frustrating. If life as a walking powder keg doesn’t appeal to you, fret not. Big lifestyle changes that you can stick to start small. Commit yourself to change one thing, and then stick to that one thing all year long. Like packing a healthy lunch you cooked at home to work once every week. 2021 will be here before you know it, then you can commit to another change. 

 

Now, it’s really important that you don’t beat yourself up when you slip up on your resolution. It happens to everyone. Just reset, refocus on your goal and get back on the proverbial horse. Whether it’s saving more, eating healthy or spending time with loved ones.

Motivation plays a B.I.G. role

A key part in keeping with your resolution is remembering why you set it in the first place. Maybe you miss being able to fit your favourite t-shirt, or you’re planning on taking a special vacation at the end of the year. Write the reason you set that goal down somewhere to remind yourself why you’re doing it whenever you feel like going back to your old habits. It helps to talk to your friends and family too, they can help keep you going when the going gets tough. Even better, find a friend who shares the same goal! Healthy living? Gym buddies. Healthy eating? Grocery buddies.

 

Secondly, track your progress. Short term goals feel – and are – much more achievable than a big long term one. That positive buzz you get when you check off each milestone will help carry you on to the next, and the next, and so on.

 

Well, that’s us for 2019! Here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year, all the best with your resolutions, wish us luck with ours, and we’ll catch you on the flip side.

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